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How to fall asleep faster, according to a sleep wellness expert

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Jakarta  /  Sun, March 10, 2019  /  09:02 pm
How to fall asleep faster, according to a sleep wellness expert

Buying an old-fashioned alarm clock without any bright lights is recommended, since using your cell phone at night only causes unhealthy distraction.  (Shutterstock/File)

Long and good sleep is important for our wellbeing. Yet it is not always possible to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night. 

“Sleep deprivation can impact our mental health,” sleep wellness expert Nancy H. Rothstein told InStyle, adding that not sleeping enough might lead to depression or insomnia. 

In every case it is recommended to get professional advice, also concerning naps or consuming caffeine and alcohol, advised Rothstein, adding that sleep apnea, insomnia or other sleep disorders should be treated, otherwise they can pose a risk for mental health.

Rothstein's best advice for restful sleep? Turn off technology an hour before going to bed.

“If possible, recharge your cell phone out of the bedroom so you can recharge in bed,” she said.

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She also recommends buying an old-fashioned alarm clock without any bright lights, since using your cell phone at night only causes unhealthy distractions. 

Rothstein also mentions the so-called blue light that inhibited the release of melatonin. This hormone is essential for a balanced sleep cycle. 

So, instead of checking your phone before bedtime, create the ideal sleeping environment by finding a relaxing ritual, such as reading a book, doing some yoga or drinking hot tea in a quiet, cool and dark room. 

“During sleep, our body processes nutrients, restores and rejuvenates itself, encodes memories and cleanses the brain,” Rothstein mentions. 

The bottom line is restful sleep will help you be more productive the next day and improve quality of life. (sop/kes)

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